Programs and Events

Due to the ongoing pandemic, Foothill Fibers Guild is meeting via Zoom and in-person gatherings have been suspended until it is safe to do so. Members receive Zoom connection links.

Programs are generally held the fourth Tuesday of the month January through May and September through November at the Community Room at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. Doors open at 6:15 PM and a brief business meeting begins at 6:45 PM. The featured program begins about 7:00PM.

In June we have our annual picnic and tailgate sale, in July and August we are busy with the Nevada County Fair, and in December we hold an annual holiday pot luck gathering.

♦ Upcoming Programs  (Scroll to the bottom for recent programs)

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 6:30 on Zoom: John Marshall – Exploring Japanese Indigo

Join us for a lively presentation by John Marshall, author of Singing the Blues, as he takes us on a tour exploring the beauties of Japanese indigo. He’ll be covering a bit of the history and traditions of working with this unique plant in Japan, show you a few techniques for achieving exquisite colors on your own, and treat you a sampling of his own work.
Fifty years ago, at the age of seventeen John set off for Japan to be apprenticed under traditional teachers. Growing up in a Japanese community in California, Japan felt warm and inviting. Continuing his work and his studies over the past several decades, his work has been exhibited in the Textile Museum of DC, the Seattle Art Musuem,  and the de Young Museum in SF, to name just a few. He has exhibited his work in solo  shows sponsored by the US State Department, the Embassy of Japan, and Kodansha, both here and in Japan. Currently John is following up his life-long goal of sharing his knowledge and passion with others through his publications and online courses. More information may be found at

♦ SPECIAL EVENT: FFG ON DISPLAY

Now through April 8, 2021 The FFG is on display at the Galleria in Roseville. Thanks to Guild member Carol Pepper-Kittredge and the Arts Council of Placer County (ACPC), the FFG has a display in the mall.

With a very short timeline, all Guild members received an email from our website requesting items for display. Fourteen members submitted a total of 37 items within just a few days!

Look for details in an upcoming newsletter and see the photos here. The first photos were taken behind the glass. (Note that most photos were taken through glass windows and there was no way to eliminate all the glare.) 

Upcoming FFG Events

Stay tuned and while waiting for the pandemic to pass, keep calm and weave, knit, spin, crochet on

Local Fiber Events

♦ Upcoming Regional Events

Recent Events

Virtual Fair Exhibition Tuesday, August 25, 2020  6:30 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our first ever virtual fair was a success! Over 20 members joined via Zoom

and enjoyed the slide show put together by Mary Prassinos. There were 90 entries from 17 individuals. A total of 20 votes were cast for the People’s Choice Award

You can view all of these entries in our Member’s Showcase.  Fair Entries in Member’s Showcase

June 2020 Annual Picnic via Zoom

Click the link below for 2019 Events

2019 FFG Events 

Recent Programs

Tuesday, March 23, 2021: Stephanie Metz presents In Touch

Stephanie will share an overview of her early days exploring needle felting and then talk about the innovations she developed to create her large scale touchable sculpture and how it was received.

 

SanJose, California artist Stephanie Metz is known by many for her wool and felt creations that tantalize our imaginations and our senses. In earlier bodies of work, audience engagement focused primarily on sight; her recent InTouch Project marks an entirely new direction. Beyond increasing the scale of her work (with human-sized objects in some cases), Metz envisioned objects designed to be touched. Through this tactile exchange, visitors’ interactions with the pieces actually complete the installations. Stephanie Metz: InTouch debuted at the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University in January, before the campus shut down due to COVID-19 in March 2020. During its run visitors were invited to actively participate in a hands-on sculptural experience by interacting directly with the artworks in two new bodies of work: the large, mysterious, chrysalis-like Hanging Pods and the moveable, stackable, wearable surrealist forms of the Holdables

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 23, 2021: Robyn Spady on Weaving TNT: Dynamite Tips ‘n Technique for Every Weaver

        Robyn is a dynamic weaving instructor, who has been weaving for over 50 years, and received her HGA Certificate of Excellence in Handweaving in 2004. She is also the founder and editor of Heddlecraft magazine.

Her program description says it all:

Would you like to learn a great method for repairing a broken warp end, tracking your treadling while you weave, making your own repair heddles, or just make weaving easier and more pleasurable?  This gizmo and gadget centric presentation looks and feels like an interactive show-and-tell and will introduce over 36 offbeat tools, techniques, or tricks to assist weavers in all phases of weaving.

January 26, 2021: Suzanne Bryan on Brioche Knitting

Suzanne Bryan is a TKGA Master Hand Knitter, knitting designer and excellent knitting instructor, with hundreds of YouTube videos covering all aspects of knitting at her channel Knitting with Suzanne Bryan, from beginning to advanced. She demonstrated single and two color brioche flat and in the round, syncopated, increases and decreases, and Italian cast on and bind off. All in one hour!

 

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 6:30 PM via Zoom:
FFG Holiday Party!
Join us for fun, laughter, Show and Tell slide show, and FIBER BINGO! PLUS:
We kick off our 2021 Fiber Challenge.  See the Newsletter for details.

 

 

A good time was had by all who attended as we enjoyed a slide show “Guild Gallery” featuring members’ show and tell and we played Fiber Bingo, led by Ingrid Knox

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 via Zoom

40th Anniversary Guild Challenge Slide Show

Ten members submitted entries to the Guild Challenge.

Browse the inspirational photos and the finished objects at the following link 2020 Guild Challenge

Guild Members can visit the Archives for older newsletters to see past programs